The Ministry of Communities has announced that it would soon demarcate several new Neighborhood Democratic Councils.
According to a GINA release, Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan, announced the Ministry’s decision at a press conference at the Ministry of the Presidency on Saturday. He explained that the decision is aimed at ensuring that every person living within the borders of Guyana has the opportunity to cast their vote at the next Local Government Elections.
About 39 percent of registered voters turned out to vote in the country’s first Local Government Elections, since 1994.
Addressing the media, Bulkan noted that one of the reasons for the low turn-out could be that several persons on the registered voters list were not eligible to vote in the elections due to the fact that they are living in communities that do not have established local government organs (NDCs or municipalities).
He noted that has affected persons living within the communities along the Linden-Soesdyke Highway (from Yaracabra, all the way to Linden,) Rockstone, Region Ten and those living in the several mixed communities in the Hinterland.
“It has been identified that now that these elections have been held, that areas will be demarcated as local government areas,” the Minister said, adding that this will be a priority of the Ministry.
Last Friday, residents of Lethem were able for the first time to vote in local government elections. This is as a result of Lethem recently being made a town. Two other communities, Mabaruma, and Bartica were also recently named as towns.
Currently not a single NDC or municipality exists in Region Eight and as such residents in these regions could not have taken part in the elections.